Living Word Lutheran Church
Mission Statement 
 
Joyfully proclaiming Jesus Christ, rooted in scripture, growing through worship, prayer, study, fellowship and service.
 
Living Word Lutheran Church
 
Living Word Lutheran Church was founded out of a deep conviction to the Living Word of God, the Bible, His Word which is Holy.  Worship and music are a vital part of Living Word. Our services are a mix of contemporary worship and praise songs along with traditional hymns.  An unwavering emphasis is placed on God’s Word in worship, Bible study, and daily life. We encourage bringing your Bible to worship, and also have plenty available for your use.
 
 
LCMC and Augustana District
 
We belong to God, first and foremost, who bought us with the suffering and death of His only Son, Jesus Christ.  As a congregation, Living Word Lutheran Church is affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), and the Augustana District of LCMC.  
 
LCMC is an association of Lutheran congregations that have joined together for the purpose of supporting one another in our mission of spreading the Good News.  You can find out more about LCMC here www.lcmc.net.
 
The Augustana District of LCMC is a district within LCMC. These affiliations give us access to rostered pastors available for call, a seminary to train new pastors, a publishing house to provide high quality educational materials, collective efforts in mission projects, and more.  You can find out more about the Augustana District of LCMC and read the newsletter here www.augustanadistrict.org. 
Living Word Lutheran Church – Our History
In September of 2009, a small group of people began meeting to share a common interest in submitting to the authority of the Spirit and Truth of the Word of God in their lives.  They held several Sunday morning gatherings in individual homes to share scripture, prayer and fellowship. This time of bonding planted the seeds leading to the formation of a new church.  Living Word Lutheran Church was founded by 60 charter members in February 2010. The first formal service was held on Ash Wednesday in the newly rented space at Tiger Office Park. 
 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
 
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. `(Romans 12:2)
 

 

Vibrant worship and music are an important aspect of Living Word and are included in our Sunday morning worship services. We enjoy passionate Biblical messages, clearly spoken, that challenge us in our Christian walk and present the Gospel in truth, grace and love. In every aspect of our church a strong emphasis is placed on God’s Word-in worship, in Bible ed classes and in the daily lives of members.  We encourage bringing Bibles to worship to follow along with the scriptures that are used in the service.

Our congregation is actively involved in numerous and varied ministries, both locally and abroad.  Since our foundation, Living Word members have shared their love for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ and have reached out to others to share that love.  Through God’s grace, Living Word has experienced significant growth and have been able to increase its mission and ministry locally, nationally and around the world.  We have been richly blessed by the Lord and are keenly aware of what scripture reminds us, that we are blessed to be a blessing (2 Corinthians 9:8-11)!
 
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
 
Come and see. (John 1:46)
 
This small group has grown to 841 active members.  A building committee was formed in 2011 to begin the search for God’s will with regard to expanded facilities. The initial plan was to build a new facility on a 10-acre green parcel.  However, the Lord had a much better plan with the availability to purchase the Schwan’s University facility. The addition of a new sanctuary and remodeling of other areas of the facility are a fulfillment of God’s promises of prosperity, hope and a future. 
The first 10 years of Living Word’s life have been filled with challenges, excitement and growth. God is SO good!  There are so many stories to be shared of how God has used Living Word to transform both lives and families.  We know that God is not finished with us.  His plans are always bigger and more challenging than we could ever imagine.  The first 10 years have shown us this.  We are excited to discover together what God has in store for Living Word as we step into the next 10 years of Living God’s Word and Sharing God’s Love!